If you remember...and if you don't, that's okay too...when a couple of months ago I was asked to design a line of fabrics? I was taken completely by surprise and was in 'shock and awe' mode for about a week.
To make a long story short, I was given about six weeks in which to complete everything from start to finish.
I have always worked best when under pressure and this adventure proved that I haven't lost it since retiring in 2006. I made the deadline with time to spare and to be honest with you, it took the wind right out of my sails once it was done.
The great news is that Blank Quilting loves it which was another burden lifted from my shoulders because there's always an element of self doubt when you're under contract and designing for someone else.
After all the work was done and everything was sent off to New York city, I kinda lost my mojo. I was designed out and really didn't feel like starting into anything new. Yes, there was an attempt at starting Leanne Beasley's Journey of a Quilter but I soon realized that the fabric I had chosen from my stash just wasn't me and quickly put it aside. As a matter of fact, that same fabric is now living in Washington state with a friend because I knew that it would just languish and collect dust in my stash cupboard(s).
I made a few 'smalls', two pincushions that I shared with you both here and on Facebook. I thoroughly enjoyed designing and making them because I am not a happy camper when my hands are idle.
Still, no desire to start a new quilting project.
But I always have my sketch book handy and the other night while I was doodling at the kitchen table where I do all of my handwork, I came up with an easy peasy house block.
Now who doesn't LOVE house blocks?
In my last post, I spoke about starting a new project which at the time was going to be a mini quilt. I didn't want to commit myself to anything larger for fear that my mojo would run away again.
Remember this photo?
Can you spot the little house block there, right beside my sketch book, the one with the red roof, aqua door and black sides? I made that as my prototype to see if the measurements worked and if it was going to work for what I had in mind.
Well guess what?
And to the extent that I think I got my mojo back because I'm not going to stop there!
So would you like to make your own along with me?
Here's what I'm going to do.
For lack of a better term, we'll call it my 'Mystery Quilt-Along'.
At least once a week I'll post the next step with photos and measurements. I'm not going to "teach" you how to make this quilt because as you'll see, it won't be difficult to make. And of course there'll always be the option to either email or PM me if you have a question.
It is my intention to make this a queen size quilt and of course you can stop at any time if you reach the size that suits you. This is definitely going to be a great stash buster because that's all I'm going to use. As a matter of fact, all I've used so far are off cuts and left overs from previous projects. The scrappier and more colorful the better is my motto!
So, are you in?
Just leave me a short comment or even a 'yes' or 'no' so I can get an idea of how many will be playing along. Oh, and there will probably be a giveaway in the next little while and the winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on this post.
You'll be happy you did!!!
So spread the word because it's always more fun when we have lots of company.
Frankie has given his approval and says, "Welcome on board!"
So come on back this Tuesday the 14th when I'll be posting the information to get you started. In the mean time, round up all your scraps and get ready to have some fun!
Are you excited?
I am! And I'm even happier that my mojo is back!!!